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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

March 6th, 2023

News and information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities and events for each week. Be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


Race and Class Journal publishes a piece examining the war from an anti racist perspective

On the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Race & Class journal publishes this new piece by Liz Fekete, a leading expert on European racism, with one of the first attempts to analyse the consequences of the war from an anti-racist, internationalist viewpoint.

Civilisational racism, ethnonationalism and the clash of imperialisms in Ukraine, pinpoints the need to examine how new geopolitics, changing imperialisms and the entrenching of a racism built on a 19th century-style civilisational hierarchy and revanchist nationalisms are emerging in the fall-out of the war.

You can access the article for free for 30 days via this link.

Have your say on Haringey's future recycling strategy

Haringey Council wants to hear from all residents about how we can reduce the waste we produce and recycle more. Currently 30.1% of household waste in the borough is recycled. Haringey wants to increase this to 50%. This is part of Haringey’s Destination 50% idea.

 To help them understand what changes are needed to increase the recycling rate in the borough, they have designed a survey asking residents about their recycling behaviour.

 The survey runs until Sunday 12th March 2023. You can find the survey online here – Have your say on our future recycling strategy (

Cost of Living Support

The Mayor has set up Energy Advice London with the Energy Savings Trust to support Londoners with free advice on saving energy and water, reducing energy bills, accessing financial support, installing renewables and more. Londoners can contact Energy Advice London free on 0808 196 8260, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or use their website to get help.

Events and Opportunities

Community Ownership Fund: Open Now

The next application window of the Community Ownership Fund is open until 14 April. The fund exists to help local communities across the UK to take control of assets, amenities or facilities that are at risk of closure - from parks to pubs, lidos to libraries.

Groups can apply for up to £250k through the Community Ownership Fund to purchase or lease a local asset or to help pay for refurbishments. All funds provided through COF must be "matched" £1 for £1 from alternative sources.

We're working together with nine other community support organisations as official delivery partners of the Community Ownership Fund support programme.

Find out if the fund is right for your organisation and how we can help by visiting the Community Ownership Fund support programme page on My Community

Power of Community meetings

Tuesdays throughout March

By popular demand, Locality's Power of Community meetings return as face-to-face events in March. Spaces are filling up fast. At each event, you’ll access best practice advice, tap into practical support and be inspired by the fantastic story of the community space you’re visiting. They’ll also ensure you’re up to date with the latest leadership and sector trends. See you there!

Leeds: 7 March, 10.30am, The Old Fire Station
Birmingham: 14 March, 10.30am, Moseley Community Hub
London: 21 March, 10.30am, Locality office
Bristol: 28 March, 10.30am, Southmead Development Trust

Embrace Equality with The Jamaican High Commission

The Jamaican High Commission will be hosting;

 “Embrace Equality” on International Women’s Day

  • Wednesday March 8th at 6:oop.m.


·       Ms. Cordella Bart-Stewart Judge and Immigration and Asylum Law Specialist

·       Ms. Angella Rainford, Founder of Soleco & Rekamniar Frontier Venture

·       Ms Janet Hills, former Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association.

 Please note that space is limited.  Confirm your attendance by email to

Asda Foundation: Investing in Places and Spaces Programme

Up to £25,000 | Deadline 19 March

Funding is available to cover 25% to 75% of total project costs for building repairs, building development or outdoor development of community spaces. Interested organisations should contact their local Asda store’s Community Champion to discuss their project.

Find out more and apply

APPG for Race and Community 

Panel event: Race, elections and political participation’

Monday 20th March 2023, 18:30 – 20:00 

Room C, 1 Parliament St

 The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community is inviting you to a panel event in Parliament looking at race, elections and political participation, chaired by Clive Lewis MP and Kirsten Oswald MP.

Please sign up via the Eventbrite link here.

Abrdn Financial Fairness Grant Programme

Up to £200,000 | Deadline 1pm, 5 June 

Funds for policy work, campaigning and research focused on three areas that influence financial wellbeing: income; spending; and assets. These might include wages, pensions and taxation, gambling, borrowing and repayment problems, and savings.

Find out more and apply

Ironmongers' Company

Up to £10,000 | Deadline 31 July

For registered charities working with children and young people under 25. Funding is available to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.

Find out more and apply

UK Youth Fund

Closes when all funds assigned

Organisations providing services for young people that have a turnover of less than £500,000 and are facing unprecedented demand or issues due to rising core costs can apply for three-year, unrestricted grants of approximately 10% of their current turnover.

Find out more and apply

Health and wellbeing specialist group

Tuesday 18 April, 10am

If your organisation delivers services or projects that support health and wellbeing join us to chat through challenges and successes. Learn about Locality’s work in this area and meet peers and allies who can help you with yours.

Book now

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